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Military convoy involved in Johnston County I-40 wreck

Posted July 22, 2016 8:02 a.m. EDT
Updated July 22, 2016 11:16 a.m. EDT

— A multiple-vehicle wreck on Friday morning involving a military convoy from Knightdale Army Reserves briefly closed all lanes of Interstate 40 in Johnston County.

Traffic cameras in the area showed police and ambulances holding up traffic on the road around 8 a.m. Traffic began flowing again roughly an hour later.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers said the convoy was heading to Fort Bragg when the driver of a van driving from West Virginia to the beach fell asleep, hit the guard rail, came back into the travel lane and nearly struck the lead Humvee in the convey.

The driver of the Humvee swerved to avoid the van and struck the center divider cables, which caused the Humvee to overturn.

Troopers said eight people, including a child from the van, were taken to WakeMed to be treated for minor injuries.

After 9, another accident, on N.C. Highway 42 in Clayton, again delayed Johnston County drivers. Two eastbound lanes of N.C. 42 were closed near the interchange with I-40.